A stray goat wandered into Nasruddin's yard. Nasruddin killed the goat and told his wife to cook the meat in a stew.
The goat stew was delicious, but then Nasruddin felt guilty about what he had done and confessed to his wife.
"You have committed a sin!" she shouted, shaking her fist at her husband. "God will call you to account."
"Then I'll tell God I never saw the goat," said Nasruddin.
"God might resurrect the goat as a witness!" his wife replied.
Nasruddin smiled and said, "Then I'll grab the goat and give it back to its real owner."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #158 in the book. In Shah's version, Nasruddin confesses to a friend, but I changed that to his wife. Compared this story from India about a chicken: The Chicken in the Curry Sauce.